After months of buildup, gay teens Kurt and Blaine finally admitted their growing romantic feelings for one another and sealed it with a kiss on Fox’s hit show Glee.
Since his introduction in October of 2010 (and breakout cover of “Teenage Dream”) the character of Blaine has fast become a fan favorite, and the subject of wild speculation as to whether he would become just a good friend to Kurt or something more. Kurt realized his feelings for Blaine some time ago, but it wasn’t until last night’s episode that Blaine realized he felt the same way back.
A number of shows have featured romances between adolescent LGBT characters, including this year’s GLAAD Media Award nominees The United States of Tara, Degrassi, and Pretty Little Liars, but none of them have yet come close to Glee’s monstrous ratings. In fact last night’s episode alone garnered 10.7 million viewers, and was the night’s most watched show among teens and adults aged 18-49 (the sweet spot for advertisers).
More than a ratings smash, Glee has greater significance for both a mass audience and LGBT youth. The show tackled bullying in the same show that introduced Blaine, and last week’s episode featured a moving scene in which Kurt’s father finally had “the talk” with Kurt. “Glee has raised the bar of what it means to be inclusive on TV and viewers are tuning in by the millions, sending a clear message to networks that Americans not only accept gay and lesbian characters, but they are beginning to expect them,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “It’s stories like Kurt and Blaine’s that continue to remind gay youth everywhere that there’s nothing wrong with being who you are.”
Glee is itself a nominee for Outstanding Comedy Series at this year’s GLAAD media awards, and Kurt himself (Chris Colfer) will be in attendance at the Los Angeles ceremony on April 10.
Watch the scene below.